This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at

Greetings to you from beautiful Burbank California! I am coming to you from the Mariott Hotel in Burbank California, and I am here for the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree! Let me tell you folks from all over the nation are here and what a treat to spend some time with people of all kinds of talents and skills and genealogy accomplishments! This is one of what I call the Big Three genealogical events of the year and it is a lot of fun being here yet again!


A Special Announcement from NMAACH: Let’s Index the Freedman’s Bureau Records!

A word of advice—if you click the volunteer application on the museum site—you will get a message that they are not taking volunteers. Wrong link as that is for the museum itself. The indexing process is intiated from the Family Search site. Click on the link for indexing and there are some instructional videos to assist you with getting into the project.

This record set is amazing rich in names and data, and indexing is sorely needed, so please consider getting involved in this much needed effort! More information is available HERE.


A Great Story of Collaboration

In southern Maryland in Charles county an article was shared with me about a fascinating collaboration with the African American Charles County Historical Society, a team of archaeologist and land owners are working together on local history. Apparently at a construction site, some burials were found, and the spirit of collaboration and partnership is unfolding. Here is a link to the story.


Upcoming Webinars

Although this is the conference season, this is also webinar season! Some interesting online presentations are coming up on FamilyTreeWebinars are unfolding, and I am excited because I have an upcoming webinar later this month on Native American research.

Webinars provide wonder opportunities to get information and I hope that you will be able to take advantage of them.


Call for Papers–Roots Tech Accepting Proposals

Well June is here, and Roots Tech is now accepting proposals for Roots Tech 2015. Last week was the FGS deadline for their 2015 conference. Well between now and the end of June, Roots Tech is accepting proposals, so get yours in!


A Soldier Remembered

                                                  Headstone of Louis Bass, in St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiancourt France

I had a wonderful week, as I was elated two days ago when a photo of the headstone of my gr. uncle was posted by the American Battle Monument Commission. This was shared on Facebook on the anniversary of his death. I was elated to see the image. I wrote an article about him and his mother on my blog, and how his mother, my great grandmother, never saw the final resting place of her son. I was so moved to see his stone, for at last we can all look upon his gravesite and remember this fallen soldier who was also a member of the family. I am please for his sacrifice is remembered.

If you missed Bernice Bennett’s show on Saturday, then you must tune in for the archived version. Her recent guests were the staff members of MAAGI, with Charles Brown the director of the institute as the primary guest. In addition several who attended the institute last year, called in to share how they found the institute and how their own life was enhanced by the skills that they learned at MAAGI. For information, visit the institute’s website at MAAGI-StL.


Highlights of the Jamboree!

Take some time to see what is going on this weekend in southern California at the SCGS Jamboree. I am looking forward to listening and learning, and also for participating in a panel with Bernice Bennett and Nicka Sewell Smith. And if you can’t attend, do check out the many live streaming sessions online.


Because of the events of the day that are pressing, I shall cut things back this week, but I shall be blogging from the event, so watch my blogs and follow me on FB and Twitter for images. Other events are there to attract your attention, an event also a Jamboree, unfolds in Tennesse, and of course Juneteenth is around the corner. So thank you all for taking out time from your schedule to listen and I hope that I have been able to share some useful information with you.

In the meantime, remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.


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